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Charlotte Pence’s full-length poetry collection, Spike, will be released by Black Lawrence Press in 2014. She is also the author of two award-winning poetry chapbooks, The Branches, the Axe, the Missing and Weaves a Clear Night. Pence edited The Poetics of American Song Lyrics (University Press of Mississippi, 2012), which explores the similarities and differences between poetry and songs. New poetry is forthcoming from Alaska Quarterly Review, ...

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As I write this, the 2013 baseball playoffs are in full-swing. I remember when there was just the World Series—no playoffs (see, two sentences in, and I’m already verging on nostalgia. That’s the problem with poetry and baseball).

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I wrote “Electricity” while employed in the main office of Unity for the Homeless in New Orleans. I worked with a woman 20 years younger than myself who had worked with ACORN for most of her adult life and had been involved in running one of their community radio stations. Our conversations kicked up memories of my own time on the airwaves on a station in Washington, D.C. We’d talk around our desks, hers or mine, the other of us standing with papers in our hand, and when she gave me a lift...

Perspective

How do you paint the color of bone, the pelvis where the flesh

has been cut away? For more than two days we’ve soaked in bleach

the ivory girdle of the deer my son killed. Every few hours I check

the bucket so I can watch the dissolution, the falling away of the life

that can’t last. Think of O’Keeffe’s inheritance. What her hands

were given by the skeleton of the world. What she was expected

to give back. Who doesn’t want to hear...

Elizabeth Bishop said she wrote poems not because she felt a special affinity with words but because she had a feeling of there being things in her head—objects in her mind—she wanted to write down. One can see how Bishop’s poems are not so much grounded in the real as rather illuminated and borne aloft by their weird conjunctions with things we might touch—maps, animals, a lost watch. This focus on objects makes her poems melancholy; the materiality of the poem is the place where it pulls...

When I was a teenager, I locked my mother in the basement. It was an accident, but that didn't do her any good after I locked that door and left the house to go to work. She had to physically break out of the basement through the bulkhead door, climb the backyard fence, and go to her own job without keys or a purse or anything else. When I got to my job, naturally there was an angry phone message waiting for me.

And how did I react when I found out what I’d done? With sympathy and...

In celebration of National Poetry Month, the North American Review Blog will be hosting several installments of The Next Big Thing Self-Interview Series, in which writers answer the same nine questions about their forthcoming books or works-in-progress!

J.D. Schraffenberger is the associate editor of the North American Review and an associate professor of English at the University of Northern Iowa. He is the author of...

In celebration of National Poetry Month, the North American Review Blog will be hosting several installments of The Next Big Thing Self-Interview Series, in which writers answer the same nine questions about their forthcoming books or works-in-progress!

This week we are thrilled to bring you an interview from Vince Gotera! What can I say? Vince’s work doesn’t simply have heart, it is made of heart. It’s full of play, intrigue, and...

In celebration of National Poetry Month, the North American Review Blog will be hosting several installments of The Next Big Thing Self-Interview Series, in which writers answer the same nine questions about their forthcoming books or works-in-progress!

This week’s contribution comes from Rachel Morgan, whose work is innovative, curious, intelligent, and imaginative. Be sure to keep an eye out for her work. She will...

As part of our celebration of National Poetry Month, the North American Review Blog will be hosting several installments of The Next Big Thing Self-Interview Series, in which writers answer the same nine questions about their forthcoming books or works-in-progress!

This week I am proud to be presenting Catherine Pritchard Childress’ contribution to the Next Big Thing Self-Interview Series! You can read her stunning poem...

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